An Ipswich mum says road safety should be added to the Queensland curriculum.
An Ipswich mum says road safety should be added to the Queensland curriculum.

Is road safety a lesson for classrooms or homes?

A Queensland mum is fighting for mandatory road safety lessons in schools after she was involved in two near misses with reckless students on scooters.

Heleena Barnes of Camira said the young Springfield Central State High School students were centimetres away from serious injury as they barrelled in front of her car earlier this month.

Both incidents occurred within 48 hours.

One of the boys was not wearing a helmet, and neither of them sought out a crossing or waited for moving traffic before darting across Springfield Central Blvd.

 

Heleena Barnes, with daughter Felicity, says road safety should be addressed in schools. wants to make people more aware of road safety. IMAGE: AAP/Renae Droop)
Heleena Barnes, with daughter Felicity, says road safety should be addressed in schools. wants to make people more aware of road safety. IMAGE: AAP/Renae Droop)

"One of them came so close to the car that he had to grab onto the bullbar," Ms Barnes said.

Road safety is not included in the Queensland curriculum.

A spokesman for the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority said it was at the discretion of schools to facilitate lessons on road rules and pedestrian safety.

Ms Barnes said she was "shrugged off" by the school when she reported the incidents.

"It's something that should be addressed," she said.

"It shouldn't take a tragedy before something is done.

"It could easily be part of the curriculum, especially for youngsters who are learning, and then for young high school students who are getting to school on their own.

"Even just a brochure sent home for parents saying this is the basic guidelines of road rules would be good.

"These boys were both so lucky that it was my car and not one of the semi-trailers from the nearby development that they scooted in front of.

"They came from nowhere.

"They are so lucky I was only rolling forward and not really accelerating."

Springfield Central State High School did not respond to questions on the incidents or on their road safety policy.

The Department of Education was approached for comment but did not respond before deadline.



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